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Roughly Speaking

Rappers, it turns out, are big Cal Ripken fans. Hear some of the most memorable verses.

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Roughly Speaking: Newsroom Edition, episode 24:

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Years after his retirement from the Orioles, Cal Ripken Jr. remains an icon sports world, especially in the Baltimore area. But as it turns out, Ripken’s legacy has inspired more than just baseball fans.

A new project from The Capital uncovered that Ripken’s name appears in at least 50 rap songs, from the verses of Lil Wayne and Jay Z to those of local artists like Baltimore’s Lor Scoota and A$AP Ant.

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In this episode, Capital features reporter Selene San Felice reviews why Ripken might have evolved into such a a trendy music reference and shares some of the most memorable rap verses.

Related links:

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Former Orioles Roberto Alomar, Cal Ripken Jr. named to Hall of Fame board

Adam Jones sells former Cal Ripken Jr. mansion for $3.55 million

Ryan Ripken, Preston Palmeiro using Bowie playoffs to continue their own paths in Orioles farm system

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